Public Art Category

Environmental

From earth art and eco-art to land art and healing projects, there are many forms that fit under this heading. Artists utilize natural materials and recycled junk or engage in infrastructure projects and system-based work.

January 30, 2015

National Park Service and NEA Offer New Grants

Imagine Your Parks is a government joint venture

Imagine Your Parks is a new arts grant initiative that will provide a total of $1 million to fund art projects that connect people with the park system. This is a joint project that celebrates both the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for … Read More

Public Art Review | News, Public Art Review

January 21, 2015

Cultural Landscapes: Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally

A temporary installation by Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally explores culture and collaboration

VIDEO – New Mexico – In late June, beneath a blanket of stars in remote Coyote Canyon on the Navajo Nation, I stood at the edge of a cliff with a small group and watched as the center of Bert Benally’s sand art piece ignited and sent flames radiating outward to slowly reveal the intricate … Read More

Caitlin Olsen | On Location, Public Art Review

January 5, 2015

Park-Time Work

Three artists talk about their park residencies

FROM THE ARCHIVES 2011 – For public artists, the fact that parks are public spaces may give park residencies a special magnetism. The chance to work in the open, the immediate presence of an audience, the sense of contributing to an important public amenity, all may be elements of the attraction. Still, the effect of … Read More

November 3, 2014

Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014

Artist: John Gerrard

Attention gamers, programmers and landscape artists! Lincoln Center, in association with Public Art Fund, recently opened their new digital commission by Irish artist John Gerrard. Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014 is a digital simulation of an actual Nevada solar thermal power plant and the surrounding desert. Displayed on a massive 28 x 24 foot frameless LED wall … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

October 29, 2014

Pollinating Neglected Places

Juan William Chávez aims to help St. Louis reclaim the history and landscape of Pruitt-Igoe

Juan William Chávez, an artist and cultural activist, sees potential in vacant spaces. Since 2010, he’s been exploring the former site of the failed Pruitt-Igoe urban housing project in St. Louis, Missouri. Built in 1953, the development was riddled with poverty, violence, and segregation until it was eventually demolished in 1972. Over the years, a … Read More

Lauren Bedosky | Featured, Public Art Review

October 22, 2014

New Media Night 2014

Featuring Radugadesign

The third annual New Media Night Festival, which celebrates temporary, site-specific light and sound art, brought some exceptionally progressive public displays to life this past summer. Set in the Nikola-Lenivets Art Park located about 125 miles from Moscow, the festival utilizes the existing 28 landscape installations as its canvas. Every year, different artists are invited … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

October 20, 2014

Upcoming Events for “Broadway: 1000 Steps”

Artist: Mary Miss

Mary Miss, an artist dedicated to collaborating with scientists in order to educate people about environmental issues, wants to remind us that every city is in fact an ecosystem and that every part of that system, including you and me, plays an important role. Miss is known for bringing such problems as energy consumption and … Read More

Public Art Review | News, Public Art Review

October 15, 2014

Water Works

Nine artist-driven projects that are transforming watersheds and communities

1. BRIGHTWATER TREATMENT PLANT (KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON) Artists: T. Ellen Sollod, Buster Simpson, Jann Rosen-Queralt Why did artists help design and decorate a new wastewater treatment plant in the Seattle area? Because it’s the law. A King County ordinance actually specifies that artists be involved early and often in community infrastructure projects. “The commitment of … Read More

October 13, 2014

Art & Place: Site-specific Art of the Americas

By the editors of Phaidon Press (Amanda Renshaw, lead editor)

From Canada to Argentina, Art & Place: Site-specific Art of the Americas takes us on a powerful tour of some of the most significant site-specific works of art of the past 10,000 years. Arranged from north to south, works by indigenous peoples from the Haida to the Inca are intermixed with contemporary pieces by artists including Matthew … Read More

Reviewed by Karen Olson | Books, Public Art Review

October 8, 2014

Repurposing the University

UCIRA and embedded arts research across California

California (2010) – California artists and arts institutions are adjusting to downsizing in all sectors of state public programs. Scarcity can trigger unimaginative belt-tightening, but it also opens a liberal space for those on the margins to enter stage left with different propositions. In the face of economic and social instability, a new creative force … Read More